Sick leave credits improperly deducted

The employer deducted sick credits from the grievor while she was on a partial schedule after an accident. The employer argued that she was not on a Graduated Return-to-Work (GRTW) program. The arbitrator found that the GRTW was not defined in the contract and that she was effectively on an GRTW just the same.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2012

Eleven months after undertaking a graduated return to work, a postal worker discovered by chance that the employer had been dipping into her sick leave credits to top up her wages and compensate for her reduced hours.

The union grieved.

Following a three-week absence for medical reasons in April 2010, postal worker D.L. returned to work on a reduced schedule.